Scions of TropicáliaOf Signs, Soundings, Song, and Science

Charles A. Perrone

in Brazil, Lyric, and the Americas

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034218
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038797 | DOI:
Scions of TropicáliaOf Signs, Soundings, Song, and Science

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Discussion of Brazilian culture during the 1960s usually encompasses a development in expressive arts referred to as tropicalismo or Tropicália. Tropicalist aesthetics became apparent most especially in urban popular music because of how it served as a multimedia movement initiated by a wide variety of dramatic and visual venues. Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, founders of this expressive arts form, were poet–songwriters who drew attention to a phenomenon referred to as “the poetry of song.” Since Tropicalism entails the links between song and poetry discourses throughout the late twentieth century, it is important to be able to identify some of the ways in which inter-American awareness is linked with the lyrical dimension, and how a relevant musical moment in the late century was utilized as early as the 1920s' modernism.

Keywords: tropicalismo; Tropicália; Gilberto Gil; Caetano Veloso; inter-American awareness; modernism; popular music

Chapter.  5772 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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